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29 Dramatic Photos of the American Southwest

America is a beautiful country from sea to shining sea, but nothing is more iconic than the red rocks, adobe structures, and dramatic sunsets of the Southwest. Come along for a photo tour of the amazing vistas of the western states.

  1. "The Mittens in Monument Valley probably form one of the most enduring images of the American West, having been featured in dozens of Hollywood classics."

    (Courtesy ayashbasu/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "Colorful hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "Drive to and walk up a short trail to this massive triple arch in Arches National Park."

    (Courtesy pcottrell/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "Painted Desert in Arizona."

    (Courtesy MoonBlossom37/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "Route 66, Arizona."

    (Courtesy rlsantucijr/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "A towering cliff of red sienna sandstone creates a natural outdoor amphitheater in Northern Colorado."

    (Courtesy juliemagerssoulen/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "Antelope Canyon, Arizona."

    (Courtesy rlsantucijr/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "San Geronimo Chapel, Taos Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico. This chapel exemplifies the clean, simple lines of Southwestern architecture."

    (Courtesy BWM/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "Sagebrush at sunset in southern Colorado."

    (Courtesy BWM/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "Ladder to the Clouds, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico."

    (Courtesy dgmjbm/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "These colorful Indian blankets were photographed at a street market in Santa Fe, New Mexico."

    (Courtesy BWM/myBudgetTravel)
  12. "St. Francis Cathedral in old town Santa Fe, New Mexico."

    (Courtesy oldfashiongirl/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "I took this photo in Utah on I-70 between I-15 and Richfield overlooking the desert."

    (Courtesy rsundeen/myBudgetTravel)
  14. "The gorgeous El Santuario de Chimayó along the High Road to Taos, a scenic byway between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico."

    (Courtesy oldfashiongirl/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "Among the many places we visited during our driving trip to the southwest was Capitol Reef National Park. The landscapes were terrific but I particularly liked this shot of a tree highlighted by the sun."

    (Courtesy fungusfarmer/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "Beautiful day in Santa Fe."

    (Courtesy photochan/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Abiquiu, New Mexico sunrise. No, this isn't Photoshop magic. The sunrises in the Southwest really do look like this, which is why artists and photographers are always been drawn to this area."

    (Courtesy dbrown1793/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "Near Four Corners: I took this photo on highway 160 shortly after we passed into Arizona from Colorado and New Mexico."

    (Courtesy rsundeen/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, made famous by legendary photographer Ansel Adams and painter Georgia O'Keeffe."

    (Courtesy BWM/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "Canyonlands, The Maze, Chimney Rock."

    (Courtesy msmarls/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "Taos Pueblo: Interestingly, Taos Indians (and my guess is all Indians) made entrances to their dwellings from the roof, accessed through ladders (a very common architectural element in pueblo facades)."

    (Courtesy ayashbasu/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "Beautiful sunset at White Sands National Park in New Mexico."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "Taken on a trail in Zion National Park."

    (Courtesy kimg/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "Lovely evening in Phoenix, Arizona."

    (Courtesy DWaiste/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona."

    (Courtesy rlsantucijr/myBudgetTravel)
  26. "Red Rocks of Tucson."

    (Courtesy terri4pugs/myBudgetTravel)
  27. "Sunrise over Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah."

    (Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)
  28. "This spot on the Colorado River is called Horseshoe Bend just a few miles out of Page, Arizona."

    (Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)
  29. "Rainbow Over Anticline, Canyonlands National Park."

    (Courtesy beezhan/myBudgetTravel)

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